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Pain in the Groin and Lower Back

Do you have pain in the groin area and lower back?

Pain in the groin and lower back have a variety of symptoms including a burning sensation, a dull aching pain, or a sharp pain. Groin and lower back pain may also be associated with muscle spasms of the large muscles that run alongside the spine. Pain in the groin and lower back is felt where the abdomen ends and the legs begin.

Understanding the pain you feel

In males, the terms groin and testicle are interchangeable, but the pain associated with one is not always related to the other. Lower back pain is one of the top three reasons people see a doctor in America. Many workers suffer groin and lower back injuries on the job even though many safe work practices are in place.

Groin and lower back pain may be short-term or can become a chronic problem. Most groin and lower back pain problems subside without being treated by a doctor. However, you must recognize when it is time to seek professional help.

Possible causes of groin and lower back pain

The source of groin and lower back pain may include inflammation, muscle pull, muscle spasm, and poor alignment of the vertebrae. Other common causes may include a hernia, kidney stones, enlarged lymph glands, and ruptured or herniated disk. If you work in construction, have bad posture, smoke, or are stressed, the risk for lower back pain problems is higher.

What can be done to ease the pain?

People may feel better in one week, and experience a lack of pain in 4 to 6 weeks. It is important to take the correct steps when you first get the pain. It is recommended to avoid physical activity for the first few days.

Heat or ice may be applied to the painful area. Ice can be applied for the first 48-72 hours, then heat after that. Take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed and find a comfortable position for sleeping.

Try to take short walks or do light aerobic activities to keep blood flowing to the affected area. If pain persists or worsens, seek the help of a health care professional.

Call a health professional immediately if you have:

  • Unexplained fever with lower back pain
  • Redness or swelling on the lower back or spine
  • Pain traveling down you legs, below your knees
  • Very sharp pain
  • Burning with urination or blood in your urine

Preparing to discuss your symptoms with your health care professional

Your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history and symptoms. Questions that may be asked:

  • Did you injure yourself?
  • What does the pain feel like?
  • When did the groin pain start?
  • Is you pain constant?
  • Is the pain getting worse?

Are you ready for a consultation? Contact one of our offices. We will schedule an appointment and help you ease the pain that you are experiencing.